Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On the Road Again: Nethercutt Museum

I stopped by the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, CA today to drop off some of our museum's brochures and to say hi to Skip Marketti, the curator. Skip, who has directed the Blackhawk Collection and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, also worked for Harrah's years ago and actually helped with the Gold Star restoration of our 1906 Compound. Skip and his staff were very helpful a year ago when I visited their museum's library to do research on some of our more obscure cars. He also gave me a private tour of their restoration shops and a peek at the Grand Salon across the street from the museum.

Call me a traitor, but I keep finding myself drawn to outrageously valuable foreign cars. First the Delahaye at Dragone's in CT, and now the Nethercutt's 1937 Talbot Lago T150 C-SS Sport Coupe. This beauty, which has won many Concours awards, is apparently the only "Tear Drop" with front fender skirts left. It carries a HEMI 6-cylinder engine displacing 255.3 cu. in. and packing 140 HP. Skip is now my best friend for letting me sit in this car, which once belonged to an Indian Maharaja's wife.

If you find yourself in the L.A. area, definitely swing up to the Nethercutt Museum. They have a great collection of gorgeous, mostly pre-war cars. Just be sure to schedule your visit when they are giving tours of the Nethercutt Collection (more cars!) across the street.

I'm off to see another fun collection tomorrow. I wonder which car will become my new favorite?

Nancy

2 comments:

  1. Good to see you are having fun. Nice wheels, too.

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  2. Hey, i think you need to head back home before your taste gets totally out of control, and you wont be satisfied with the 1908 brush. keep us posted on your travels.
    willy

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